The Bronx has a lot to offer and an extensive resume: Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden, the birthplace of hip-hop.
It also happens to have some of the best delis in NYC, and for that matter the world. Here, you’ll find old school Jewish delis, authentic Italian salumerias and everything in between.
From Riverdale to Throgs Neck, here are our top deli choices in the Bronx.
Just two blocks from Yankee Stadium, Court Deli is the perfect place to grab some grub before or after a game. Opened in 1936, it’s one of the oldest and most revered delis in the Bronx and still sticks to its tried and true kosher tradition.
Go with one of their famous house sandwiches like the pastrami, corned beef, brisket or beef. Or opt for one of their many overstuffed combination sandwiches, which will tame even the most beastly of appetites.
Opened in 1953, Liebman’s Deli is steeped in history and a legitimate Bronx landmark. Here’s a place where you can get all of the classics done right.
Mind blowing pastrami, corned beef, brisket and tongue sandwiches — they’re all here. You can also find some amazing hot open sandwiches like turkey, roast beef and beef tongue. All of which are served along with their homemade gravy.
Leah Koenig explains in the New York Times that Liebman’s has a distinct minimalist feel that adds to its allure, and that eating there is like being transported through a wonderful time warp. In other words, it’s a true deli gold mine.
Ann Clair’s Salumeria
This is another old school spot that’s been family owned and operated since 1972. Ann Clair’s has that authentic, unpretentious feel that most Bronxites adore.
Their “gourmet fun sandwiches” run the gamut, and you’ll find everything from “The Super Submarine” with ham, salami, provolone, fried peppers and Italian dressing to “The Rich Man, Poor Man” with prosciutto, plum tomatoes, red onion and fresh Romano cheese.
Or if you’re really famished, go with one of their “giant party heroes” that are up to six feet long. Leaving hungry simply isn’t an option at Ann Clair’s.
Mike’s Deli is a famous purveyor of out-of-this-world meats, cheeses, breads and more. This place has roots that go back nearly a century, as the original shop on Arthur Avenue was opened in 1922. Over the years, this place has built a strong reputation in the community and is one of the top go-tos in the Bronx for an amazing sandwich.
Peruse their impressive menu, and you’ll find one-of-a-kind delicacies like “Da True Bronx Tale” with mortadella, fresh mozzarella, provolone, tomato with oregano, basil and olive oil. There’s also “The Bobby D. Special” with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, parmigiano chunks, roasted red peppers, truffle oil and balsamic — a favorite of Robert De Niro (hence the name).
Casa Della Mozzarella
If you’re a sucker for classic Italian fare, Casa Della Mozzarella is an absolute must. Here, you’ll find some the most amazing cheeses in New York and arguably the planet.
And, oh yeah, they’ve got some insanely delicious panini, as well. Check out “The Boss” with parmacotto, Oldani salami, Calabrese cheese, tomatoes, Greek olives and vinaigrette or “The Alla Phil” with mortadella, mozzarella, black olives and red vinaigrette.
This place is the real deal.
New Riverdale Gourmet Deli
This is a no-nonsense kind of joint that serves up a mean Reuben with either pastrami or corned beef, melted Swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on grilled rye bread.
New Riverdale also has a nice selection of cold signatures like “The New Yorker” with roast beef, bacon, mozzarella and Russian dressing, as well as hot signatures like “The Alligator Special” with roast beef, pastrami, melted provolone, Swiss and horseradish sauce.
What more could you ask for?
Simon’s Deli & Bagels
This place has a little bit of everything. There’s French toast, pancakes, bagels, burgers, pasta and of course some delicious deli sandwiches.
Try one of their specialty heroes like “Da Bronx” with cappy, Genoa salami, provolone and onion Italian dressing or “The Yankee Stadium” with ham, cappy, salami, mortadella and provolone. Or you could opt for one of Simon’s “over stuffed chubby subby” sandwiches like the chicken cutlet that comes with mozzarella sticks, French fries and marinara.
Part bakery, part butcher shop and part deli, Barino’s has plenty to offer. This is a place that prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients and old fashioned cooking methods.
Here, you’ll find all of the signature sandwiches that your heart could desire, including “The Old School” with hot pastrami, melted cheddar, red onion and spicy mustard, as well as “The Pedro” with turkey, fresh mozzarella, avocado, roasted peppers and olive oil.
Joe’s Italian Deli
Joe’s is a highly respected deli located right in the heart of Little Italy and has been delighting its patrons for over 30 years.
Some of their favorite sandwiches include “The Captain” with ham cappy, hot sopressata, Muenster cheese and spicy white wine mustard and “The Last Meal” with prosciutto, mortadella, capicola, sopressata, fresh mozzarella and roasted peppers.
If authentic Italian fare is your jam, this place is a can’t-miss.
Papa John’s Deli
No, it’s not that Papa John’s. It’s Papa John’s Deli — a great little spot in City Island that serves up a killer selection of delicious sandwiches.
Try the “Papa John’s Special” with ham, salami, provolone, mortadella and roasted red peppers or “The City Island” with hot pastrami, melted American cheese and honey mustard. You won’t find anything showy here, just amazing food.
Adonai Deli Grocery
This is your quintessential mom-and-pop type of place. It’s nondescript from the outside, but once inside you’ll find some pretty serious eats.
Choose from one of Adonai’s tasty hot sandwiches like the smoked turkey, grilled parmesan or Cuban. Or go with one of their tantalizing paninis like “The Yankee Style” with roast beef, onion, mozzarella and thousand island sauce.
Here’s your classic corner deli with a sizable list of signature sandwiches.
Some of the favorites at Peghe Deli include “The Soho Sandwich” with bold Salsalito roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, jalapenos and mayo and the aptly named “Pastrami Coleslaw Sandwich” with pastrami, Swiss, coleslaw and Russian dressing.
Momma Rosa’s Cucina
Momma Rosa’s is a classic Italian deli that’s been in business for more than 20 years. It oozes authenticity and has some of the most mouth-watering Italian subs in the Bronx.
Check out “The Pavarotti” with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and oil and vinegar or “The Sweet Godfather Hot Sub” with capicola, sopressata, mortadella, provolone and roasted peppers.
At Franco’s, it’s all about high-quality ingredients and friendly service in a down-to-earth setting. You can have your fill of the classics like salami, bologna, capicola and pastrami, all of which are excellent.
Or you can go with one of their distinct signature sandwiches. One of the most popular is “Franco’s Supreme” that comes with ham, salami, capicola, provolone, hot peppers and more. There’s also “The Morris Supreme” with pastrami, corned beef, Swiss, mustard and pickles.
Here’s another modest corner deli that looks quite unassuming from the outside. But once inside, you’ll quickly realize that there are some seriously delicious eats.
At Shehab Deli, you’ve got all of the favorites like pastrami, the Italian and beef bologna sandwiches. You can also grab “The Majestic Sandwich” with roast beef and pastrami, as well as “The Godfather” with ham and salami.
Royale Gourmet Deli
Open 24 hours, Royale Gourmet Deli is the perfect spot when you’ve got the late night munchies. Here, you can get all of the delicious classics like pastrami, roast beef and club sandwiches, all for a very reasonable price.
They’ve also got some fairly epic hot heroes including the meatball parmesan and chicken cutlet parmesan. Or if you’re looking for something a little lighter, there’s a great selection of wraps, as well.
This place is also open late, until 2 a.m. Sunday through Saturday. Hagar Deli offers a robust menu with everything from fish and chips to shrimp and fries to a bacon cheeseburger with an egg on top.
You can also have your pick of some epic sandwiches like the chicken cutlet, triple decker and “The Glazed,” which comes with Boar’s Head honey-glazed turkey, bacon, melted smoked gouda and mayo.
A Deluge of Delicious Delis
There’s definitely no lack of killer sandwich options in the Bronx. No matter where you’re at in this borough, you’re never far from bonafide deli hotspot.
Whether you’re a purist in search of an old fashioned classic or are looking for something a bit more innovative in the form of a new school signature, you won’t have any trouble finding it in “Da Bronx.”
Just be sure to show up hungry.
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